[[caption-width-right:297:Everything Louder Than Everything Else]]
[[caption-width-right:326:The lineup from 1996 until the band's breakup: (From left to right) Mikkey, Lemmy and Phil]]

->''"We want to be the band that, if this band moved in next door to you, your lawn would die."''
-->-- '''Lemmy'''

SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] HeavyMetal.

Mot[[HeavyMetalUmlaut ö]]rhead was founded in the middle of TheSeventies by bassist/vocalist Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, after being fired from Music/{{Hawkwind}} for, in Lemmy's words, "doing the wrong kind of drugs." Many members, with only Lemmy remaining, came and went. Along with Music/JudasPriest, they kickstarted the NewWaveOfBritishHeavyMetal at the end of TheSeventies. Despite being called "the most punk band of the Heavy Metal scene", Lemmy preferred to call the music of his band by the simple name of "Rock and Roll."

On the night of December 28th, 2015, it was [[https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead/posts/1107561019276205 announced]] via the band's official Website/{{Facebook}} page that Lemmy died at the age of 70 after a short battle with prostate cancer, passing away while in front of his favourite video game and surrounded by his family.

A day later it was [[http://www.expressen.se/noje/after-lemmys-death-motorhead-is-over/ confirmed]] that the band had disbanded, with their final lineup consisting of:

* Lemmy - lead vocals, bass
* Phil Campbell - guitars, backing vocals
* Mikkey Dee - drums

Their past formations had the following members:

* Lucas Fox - drums (1975)
* Larry Wallis - guitars, backing vocals (1975-1976)
* Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor - drums (1975-1984, 1987-1992) (classic lineup)
* "Fast" Eddie Clarke - guitars, backing vocals (1976-1982) (classic lineup)
* Brian "Robbo" Robertson - guitars, backing vocals (1982-1984)
* Pete "Frank" Gill - drums (1984-1987)
* Mick "Würzel" Burston - guitars, backing vocals (1984-1995)
* Tommy Aldridge - drums (1992)
* Matt Sorum - drums (live, 2009)


* ''Motörhead'' - 1977
* ''Overkill'' - 1979
* ''Bomber'' - 1979
* ''Music/AceOfSpades'' - 1980
* ''Iron Fist'' - 1982
* ''Another Perfect Day'' - 1983
* ''Orgasmatron'' - 1986
* ''Rock 'n' Roll'' - 1987
* ''1916'' - 1991
* ''March ör Die'' - 1992
* ''Bastards'' - 1993
* ''Sacrifice'' - 1995
* ''Overnight Sensation'' - 1996
* ''Snake Bite Love'' - 1998
* ''We Are Motörhead'' - 2000
* ''Hammered'' - 2002
* ''Inferno'' - 2004
* ''Kiss of Death'' - 2006
* ''Motörizer'' - 2008
* ''The Wörld is Yours'' - 2010
* ''Aftershock'' - 2013
* ''Bad Magic'' - 2015

!!Some examples of tropes which fit with the band:

* TheAlcoholic: Lemmy admitted he was an alcoholic, claiming to have consumed a bottle of Jack Daniel's on a daily basis since the late '70s, but didn't care because it didn't turn him into an asshole. He was also known to say that he couldn't quit drinking because "My insides are in an alcohol solution, and without it they'll die." He did finally cut back on his alcohol consumption after a serious health scare in 2013; he went from drinking a fifth of Jack every day, to screwdrivers (vodka & orange juice). Typically, when his manager asked him why he was drinking screwdrivers now, Lemmy replied, "Orange juice is good for you."
%%* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor.
%%* AntiLoveSong: "Too Good to Be True" from ''March ör Die''.
* AudienceParticipationSong: Invoked in "The Chase Is Better Than the Catch" where, during the break, Lemmy repeatedly sings "''Let me hear ya''".
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Lemmy Kilmister. That is his real last name.
* AxeCrazy: "Red Raw" is about a murderous individual prowling in the night, looking for someone to kill. One verse (''Monster in the gaslight, shivers in the cold, looking for [[DisposableSexWorker a bad girl]]'') gives an impression that the song is about UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.
* BadassBookworm: Ozzy praised Lemmy on being incredibly well-read and intelligent, often packing his luggage mostly with books. When he was writing lyrics for Ozzy he'd blown through a World War II book Ozzy lent him in an hour and wrote the man ''three'' sets of lyrics for "Mama, I'm Coming Home."
* BadassGrandpa: Lemmy. Dude rocked harder than most people a third of his age until his death.
%% * BadassMustache: Just ''look'' at those magnificent chops.
* BadassBoast:
** "Orgasmatron":
-->''I hold a banner drenched in blood, I urge you to be brave\\
I lead you to your destiny, I lead you to your grave\\
Your bones will build my palaces, your eyes will stud my crown\\
For I am Mars, the god of war, and I will cut you down.''
** Also "You Better Run" from ''March ör Die'' album, as well as its title track.
** "Ace of Spades":
-->''You know I'm gonna lose, and gamblin' is for fools.''
-->''But that's the way I like it, baby. I don't wanna live forever!''
%%* BawdySong: "The Claw" and "Ridin' with the Driver."
%%* BedlamHouse: "Back at the Funny Farm" from ''Another Perfect Day''.
* BerserkButton: Lemmy hated being told his band played heavy metal. It's rock 'n' roll!
* BigRockEnding: Subverted twice and then played straight during "Overkill." Twice the song seems to break into a Big Rock Ending, then returns to tempo and continues as normal. Only on the third Big Rock Ending does the song really end.
%%* BloodKnight: "March or Die"
* BrutalHonesty: Lemmy was never one to bullshit. When he was diagnosed with cancer he demanded his manager tell the truth instead of saying Lemmy was just ill and keeping the diagnosis private.
%%* TheCasanova: Lemmy.
* CatchPhrase: "We are Motörhead. We play rock 'n' roll!", which is what Lemmy said at the beginning of every show.
* CoitusUninterruptus: In the very early days of Motörhead (Lemmy estimates it was 1975), a groupie climbed on stage and gave Lemmy a blowjob right there while he was in the middle of performing.
* CoolPlane: The cover of ''[[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_xil03gdTsoM/SGUPT8_QS0I/AAAAAAAAC68/V-wmAjm3zV8/s400/mh_bomber.jpg Bomber]]'' shows the band flying one. It was also part of their stage shows on the subsequent tour.
* CoolTrain: The cover of ''[[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ZTInxdsRKgc/TTscowL6eiI/AAAAAAAACm8/1WUGdBUnb7c/s1600/Motorhead+Orgasmatron.jpg Orgasmatron]]'', along with their songs "Riding with the Driver" and "Locomotive". It's safe to say Lemmy might have been a closet RailEnthusiast.
* CoverVersion: They've covered a lot of songs. Let's see... "The Train Kept a-Rollin'" by Tiny Bradshaw, "I'm Your Witch Doctor" by John Mayall, "Emergency" by Girlschool, "Please Don't Touch" (together with Girlschool) by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, "Louie Louie" by Richard Berry, "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man" by Music/MuddyWaters, "Stand by Your Man" by Tammy Wynette, "Masterplan" by Music/ThePlasmatics, "[[Music/TwistedSister Shoot 'em Down]]", [[Music/{{Metallica}} "Enter Sandman", "Whiplash"]], "[[Music/TedNugent Cat Scratch Fever]]", [[Music/TheRollingStones "Jumping Jack Flash", "Sympathy for the Devil"]], [[Music/SexPistols "God Save The Queen"]], [[Music/{{Queen}} "Tie Your Mother Down"]], [[Music/BritishSteel "Breaking the Law"]] and "[[Music/ZZTop Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers]]".
* CrapsackWorld: "Brotherhood of Man" makes our world look scary...
* DeadMansHand: "Ace of Spades" refers to this hand.
-->Read 'em and weep, the dead man's hand again
** Also, they recorded a song called "Dead Man's Hand" as a B-side to "The One to Sing the Blues" in 1991.
%%* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Killed by Death".
* {{Determinator}}: "Stand" from ''March or Die'' encourages the listener to be one, because "if you stand then you deserve it all".
** Also, Lemmy himself.
* DistaffCounterpart: Girlschool were marketed this way by Bronze Records when they had both bands on their repertoire.
* DrugsAreBad: "Lost Johnny" from ''Motörhead'' and ''On Parole'' but (which was originally on Hawkwind's ''Hall of the Mountain Grill'').
* DrunkenMaster: Lemmy was considered by many to be one of the greatest bassists in metal history, and as mentioned above in TheAlcoholic, Lemmy was not light on the drinking.
* EatTheRich: The song "Eat the Rich" was written as the title track for the BritCom film of the same name about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin eating the rich]] and also featured Lemmy in a supporting role. However, the song's lyrics are actually a thinly veiled reference to a certain sex act.
* EndOfAnAge: Lemmy's passing in December 2015 seemed to kickstart a "twilight of the rock gods", as two weeks later, Music/DavidBowie died in January 2016, followed by notable rockers like [[Music/TheEagles Glenn Frey]], [[Music/JeffersonAirplane Paul Kantner]], and Music/{{Prince}} later that year. And then, 2017 saw the deaths of Music/ChuckBerry, Music/ChrisCornell, [[Music/LinkinPark Chester Bennington]] and Music/TomPetty, raising deep concern for fans and musicians alike about an apparent lack of a "next generation" of rock music compared to previous eras.
* EpicRocking: "Just 'Cos You Got the Power" (from the "Eat the Rich" single and ''Rock 'n' Roll'' reissue) and the extended version of "Overkill" from various compilations go for over seven minutes, which is rare for a ThreeChordsAndTheTruth-specific band like Motörhead.
* FreudianTrio: The final lineup, with Lemmy as the id, Phil as the ego, and Mikkey as the superego.
* GodIsEvil:
** "God Was Never on Your Side" from ''Kiss of Death''.
** "Orgasmatron" is pretty much a BadassBoast from a malevolent god, who also represent politicians and conquerors.
* GenderBender: "I'll Be Your Sister" from ''Overkill''.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: After been over 30 years in business, the band has amassed about 57 of them.
* HarshVocals: Lemmy is probably the TropeCodifier.
* HeartbrokenBadass: In his autobiography ''White Line Fever'', Lemmy reveals that his first love was a black girl he met when he was a teenager living in [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} England]]. She died of a heroin overdose. To the day he died, she remained the only woman he ever loved.
* HeavyMeta: "Rock 'n' Roll" and "Rock 'n' Roll Music"
* HeavyMetalUmlaut: One of the first examples. If Music/BlueOysterCult is the UrExample, then Motörhead are the TropeCodifier.
* HeteroSexualLifePartners: Lemmy and Music/OzzyOsbourne. They'd known each other since Lemmy's days in Hawkwind and Ozzy entrusted him with writing lyrics to some of his songs, including his Grammy-winning "I Don't Want to Change the World." They also would geek over World War II history.
* {{Homage}}: "[[Music/TheRamones R.A.M.O.N.E.S.]]" from ''1916''.
* IAmSong:
** "Vibrator" from ''Motörhead'' and ''On Parole'':
-->''I'm a vibrator,''
-->''Pleased to make a start,''
-->''I'm a vibrator,''
-->''And I'll never, ever break your heart''
** And "Orgasmatron" from ''Orgasmatron''
-->''I am the one, Orgasmatron''
-->''The outstretched grasping hand''
-->''My image is of agony''
-->''My servants rape the land''
** And "Snaggletooth" from ''No Remorse'':
-->''Speed don't kill and I'm the proof''
-->''Just call me Snaggletooth''
** A more literal example, "I Am the Sword" from ''Bastards''.
-->''I, I am the blade, I break the oath that you made''
-->''I, I am the mace, I am the blow in the face''
-->''I, I am the axe, to cut down heroes like rats''
-->''I, I am the sword, I do the work of the Lord''
** Then there's "[[Wrestling/TripleH The Game]]" from ''Hammered:''
-->''I am the game, you don't wanna play me''
-->''I am control, no way you can shake me''
-->''I am heavy debt, no way you can pay me''
-->''I am the pain, and you know you can't take me''
* IAmTheBand: Lemmy, basically, WAS Motörhead. Played straight after the band's disbanding.
* ICallItVera: Lemmy's bass, Rickenbastard, and his amp, Murder One. Rickenbacker now even have a signature LK 4001 Bass.
* InTheBack: The song "Shoot You in the Back"
* InsistentTerminology: Lemmy used to claim they just played rock 'n roll, [[BerserkButton and hated being told otherwise.]] According to a quote of his, it's because at the time 'heavy metal was too slow and boring' and the band were inspired by rock and roll bands. In his later years, he seemed to be more at peace with the heavy metal label, and in his autobiography ''White Line Fever'' he actually refers to Motörhead as heavy metal several times.
* IntercourseWithYou:
** Many (TOO many) songs, but especially "Killed by Death".
** The band's cover of ''[[Music/TedNugent Cat Scratch Fever]]'', which if anything is even ''more'' sexual than the original.
* {{Jailbait}}: Not only does the band have a song titled "Jailbait", but Lemmy mentions in his autobiography having sex with a groupie who was only sixteen years old. Incidentally this is perfectly legal in the UK.
* KavorkaMan: Lemmy was not privileged in looks, and yet slept with over 1,200 women (or over 2,000; accounts vary). It probably helps that he actually respected women; he took offense if anyone claimed they can't play rock as well as men.
* KneelBeforeZod: The boastful [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCaXIwkOSJw "King of Kings",]] one of Wrestling/TripleH's entrance themes.
* LeadBassist: Lemmy was equal parts type Types A, B and C.
* LighterAndSofter: "I Got Mine" (still heavy but more melodic than usual), "Whorehouse Blues" (acoustic blues) and "1916" (probably their softest song in terms of sound, but easily one of the heaviest when it comes to subject matter).
* LocalHangout: When not on tour, Lemmy could often be found at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Hollywood, drinking a Jack & Coke and playing the video poker machine at the bar. He stopped doing this after giving up drinking due to health issues. The owner of the place witnessed his last moments as the poker machine was brought to Lemmy's place.
* LongRunnerLineUp: Type 2. Kind of a bizarre example. While most people assume the band is basically [[RevolvingDoorBand Lemmy plus two other guys]], drummer Mikkey Dee was in the band since 1992 and guitarist Phil Campbell since 1984 (which makes him by far the longest-serving band member bar Lemmy). So although these members have been together since 1992, they were still a four-piece until guitarist Würzel (a member from 1984 to 1995) quit. The most recent (and final) line-up of Lemmy, Campbell and Dee existed from 1995 to 2015.
* LoudnessWar: Motörhead has been called "the loudest band in the world", and has been clocked in excess of '''140 decibels''', a sound level roughly equivalent to that of a jet engine or the Space Shuttle. Despite this, many of their albums were [[http://dr.loudness-war.info/album/list?artist=Motorhead mastered fairly quietly]], although towards the end of their career they began to dip into this a bit.
* MadScientist: "I'm the Doctor" from ''Iron Fist''.
* MadeOfIron: Lemmy himself. Even in his mid-60s, he drank at least one bottle of Jack Daniel's every day (and did this for at least 35 years), he loathed vegetables and lived on a diet of mostly meat and cheese, he was a smoker since he was 11 years old, and he also did copious amounts of drugs (mainly speed). Despite all this his liver, lungs, and kidneys were fine and he maintained a touring schedule that would exhaust men half his age.
** DentedIron: His old age and bad habits eventually caught up with him: he had Type 2 diabetes and had to get a pacemaker in 2013, after his irregular heartbeat forced him to cancel shows. In October 2013, he admitted to quitting smoking and drinking a fifth of Jack ''daily'' (he switched to screwdrivers). In 2015, he was forced to cancel several tour dates after a lung infection resulted in difficulty breathing and prevented him from singing, and sadly he passed away at the end of the year.
* MetalBandMascot: Snaggletooth, the war pig.
** ChainedByFashion: The chains on his tusks.
** CoolTrain: ''Orgasmatron'''s cover has him depicted as this.
** MadeOfExplodium: On the cover of ''Overkill''.
** MixAndMatchCritters: Artist Joe Petagno created him by merging together skulls of a gorilla, a wolf and a dog and giving him boar's tusks.
** ScaledUp: ''Snake Bite Love'''s cover.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They usually range from 6 to 8, which is very heavy for their genre of metal and even heavier for the time they emerged. However, songs like "1916" and "Whorehouse Blues" are as low as a 1.
* TheMovie: ''[[http://www.lemmymovie.com/ Lemmy: 49% Motherfucker, 51% Son of a Bitch]]''
* NameTron: ''Orgasmatron'', both the album and the song on it.
* OffOnATechnicality: In 1975, Canadian police arrested Lemmy at the Detroit/Windsor border crossing on suspicion of cocaine possession. As it turned out, what he was actually carrying was meth, which was not illegal in Canada at the time, and he was released without charge (though his brief incarceration lead to his being fired from Hawkwind).
* OlderThanTheyLook: Lemmy lived to be 70 years old but still looked pretty damn good, appearing to be in his mid-40's to early 50's. This is amazing considering the fact that he was an alcoholic ''and'' smoker for so many years; he was blessed considering that what he did has been proven to make people look ''older'' than they are. Lemmy liked to joke that he drank so much that his body was being preserved in an alcohol solution, which is why he didn't look as old as he was. Toward the very end of his life, this started to not be the case; many people noted that when he attended his last birthday party at The Rainbow, he looked very thin and exhausted. It was also the only year he didn't join the tribute band onstage for a song or two.
* OverlyLongGag: True to its name, "Overkill" has ''two'' false endings.
* ParentalIncest: "Don't Let Daddy Kiss Me" from ''Bastards''.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Lemmy was a collector of Nazi memorabilia, and had a very large collection. This has led some pundits to accuse him of being a Nazi sympathizer, but Lemmy denied this. He actually considered himself an [[UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies anarchist]] who was "anti-fascism, communism, any extreme" and claimed that "government causes more problems than it solves", and he collected Nazi memorabilia because [[EvilIsCool they had the coolest-looking stuff]].
* RatedMForManly
* RockstarSong: "Angel City" from ''1916''.
* RockTrio: All of their lineups except for from 1984-1995, when both Phil Campbell and Würzel were on guitars.
* SelfTitledAlbum
* SesameStreetCred: A re-recorded version of "You Better Run" was featured in WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie and included on its soundtrack as "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yLhA0ROGi4 You Better Swim]]."
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Lemmy slept with at least 1,200 women (some accounts claim over 2,000), he was notorious for his love of speed and booze, and he kicked ass around the world with Motörhead for over 35 years. Really, only Nikki Sixx of Music/MotleyCrue could possibly represent this trope better than Lemmy since, well, Nikki can boast that he actually died from an overdose and came back a few minutes later.
* SkywardScream: Not so much a scream, but Lemmy's habit of raising the microphone high and tilting it downward, so that he had to be looking up at the ceiling to sing into it. This had the effect of allowing him to sing louder and take deeper breaths quicker(because his trachea was straightened out; it's the same reason Johnny Cash tilted his head back at the end of each line), though he often joked that it began as a way for him not to have to see how few people were coming to their early shows.
* SomethingBlues: "Whorehouse Blues" from ''Inferno''.
* SopranoAndGravel: Headgirl, the mashup between Girlschool and Motörhead.
* SpellingSong: "[[Music/TheRamones R.A.M.O.N.E.S.]]" from ''1916''.
* StageNames: Aside from Lemmy himself, many past members used them, as noticed above.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Eddie Clarke on "Step Down".
* StartMyOwn: Motörhead was born when Hawkwind kicked Lemmy out and he decided to start his own band.
* StrictlyFormula: If it's been working pretty well for over three decades...
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: Though the songs were not recorded by the band, Lemmy wrote Ozzy Osbourne's "Mama, I'm Coming Home" and "See You On The Other Side", both gut-wrenching power ballads.
* TakeThat: [[WordOfGod Lemmy]] said each verse of "Orgasmatron" represents one of man's substitutions for orgasms: Religion, Government and War. All three verses are from the perspective of the man in charge of each and none paint a pretty picture.
* TeamDad: Pretty much was this to anyone in the hard rock/heavy metal community; while he was very much one of the "elder statesmen" of those genres, he also never looked down on any of his contemporaries and was always gracious to the fans -- some of whom grew up and started their own bands. If he met you and liked you, that was good enough for him to hang out with you anytime. After his death, Creator/NeilGaiman recounted that he and a friend had once used Lemmy's name to get into a private bar in England, then lo and behold, Lemmy was at the bar. Neil confessed what they'd done, and Lemmy just replied "Good on ya," and kept drinking.
* TeenageDeathSongs: ''1916'' is about a group of underage boys who join the army during a war (implied to be UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne), then meeting a messy and anonymous death in battle.
* ThoseWackyNazis: "Brotherhood of Man", again:
--> ''[[HumansAreBastards We]] put our [[ReligionOfEvil faith]] in [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler maniacs]]''
--> ''The [[Film/TriumphOfTheWill triumph of the will]].''
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: One of the few bands that both metalheads and punks like.
* TitledAfterTheSong: "Motorhead" was a Music/{{Hawkwind}} song written by Lemmy when he was there.
* TropeMaker: For {{Speed Metal}}.
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: The music video for "Hellraiser" features clips from ''Film/HellraiserIIIHellOnEarth'', with some additional footage of Lemmy playing poker with Pinhead.
** The video for "Born to Raise Hell", the opening theme of ''Film/{{Airheads}}'', has them along with Music/IceT and Whitfield Crane breaking into a movie theater screening the film to perform the song.
* VillainSong:
** Both of Wrestling/TripleH's entrance themes, "The Game" (the song most connected to him) and "King of Kings" (his current one).
** Wrestling/{{Evolution}}'s entrance theme, "Line in the Sand", counts as well.
** "Orgasmatron."
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: "The Chase Is Better Than the Catch," from ''Ace of Spades''.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: ''1916'''s cover art and title song, which is based on the battle of Somme. Also a massive TearJerker.
* WordSaladLyrics: Lemmy's tendency to write the lyrics in five minutes has produced lots of these.
* WordSaladTitle: "Snake Bite Love" and "Stone Dead Forever."

->''...and don't forget the joker!''